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Fontbonne/KMOX Book Club Features Famed Hemingway Author Oct. 17

St. Louis native A. E. (Aaron Edward) Hotchner will discuss his extensive and exciting literary career during the Fontbonne University/KMOX Book Club, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Ralph M. Captain Elementary School, 6345 Northwood (off Skinker) in Clayton.

The event is free but reservations are required. Call 314-444-1827 or e-mail, leave your name and phone number and reference the book club to reserve a spot today.

In addition to numerous books, Hotchner wrote for television in the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for his international bestseller "Papa Hemingway," a portrait of his friend, novelist Ernest Hemingway.Hotchner currently runs Newman's Own food company with actor Paul Newman. The company's profits, more than $150 million since its founding in 1982, go toward charitable organizations.

Hotchner attended the Demun School, now the Ralph M. Captain Elementary School and went on to attend Washington University in St. Louis. While there, he won the university's playwriting competition by outperforming other students including the now famous playwright Tennessee Williams. Today, the school's studio theater is named after him.

During the Great Depression, Hotchner lived at the Westgate Apartments at the corner of Delmar Boulevard and Kingshighway. This location became the setting for Hotchner's 1972 memoir, "King of the Hill," which was turned into a 1993 movie starring Jesse Bradford, Katherine Heigl and Adrien Brody by Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh.